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Fresno State Alumnus Arlene Srabian Passes Away

Staff Report With the death of Arlene Srabian, the Armenian Studies Program lost one of its most ardent supporters. Arlene Gale Srabian, born in Fresno on May 21, 1944, was the first child of George Gulian, survivor of the Armenian Genocide, and Hazel Vartanian, native of Parlier, California. Arlene was a member of the first graduating class of McLane High ...

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Fresno State Alumni Find Success

Staff Report Peter Petrosyan Class of 2009 Business Administration; Management Option ASO Member While at Fresno State Petrosyan was involved in the Armenian Students Organization. Upon graduation he worked in his family’s business, Diamond Auto Body located in Fresno. He recently began working in the accounting department of DiBudo & DeFrendis Insurance. Petrosyan is now studying for a Global MBA ...

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Armenian Play Brings Fun to Fresno Audience on Feb. 26

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Marine Vardanyan Staff Writer Love and laughter are the perfect ingredients for a happy life; they also make for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon. On Sunday, February 26, the Ardavazt Theater Group from Los Angeles paid a visit to the Armenian community of Fresno, bringing with them the invaluable gift of love and laughter with their comedy play, “Ser Yev Dzidzagh” ...

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Kristen St. John Presents Lecture on Armenian Prayer Scrolls- Hmayils from the UCLA Minasian Collection

L. to R.: Malina La Porta, Kristen St. John, and Dr. Sergio La Porta.

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Andrew Esguerra Staff Writer Shining a light on the efforts to preserve fragile links to cultures from long ago, Kristen St. John, a collections conservator at UCLA, concluded the Armenian Studies lecture series for the fall semester. Speaking to an audience at Fresno State on November 28th, St. John brought her vast knowledge of the preservation and restoration of manuscripts ...

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Dr. Thomas Mathews Discusses the Mystery of the Gospel of King Gagik of Kars

Dr. Thomas Mathews

Photo: Erica Magarian

Ruzan Orkusyan Staff Writer Armenia’s rich, diverse history and culture is perhaps best described through ancient manuscripts and artwork. Since such valuable resources are often unknown, many aspects of the Armenian past are kept secret. Dr. Thomas F. Mathews, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, enlightened a captivated audience on February 8, 2012, ...

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“Camp Darfur” Traveling Exhibit Highlights Genocide

ASO at the “Camp Darfur” Armenian Genocide tent.

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Denise Altounian Staff Writer Almost every Armenian grows up learning about the Armenian Genocide. We are told of the massacres our ancestors faced at the hands of the Young Turks, and the struggle we now face to keep this story alive, in hopes that one day it will get the recognition it deserves. Many times this is done in vain, ...

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Mexican Ambassador to United States Arturo Sarukhan Pays Visit to Armenian Community

Tamar Karkazian Editor Thursday, February 16, was an eventful evening for the Armenian community of the San Joaquin Valley. The community gathered for the annual Vartanantz Commemoration, and also had an opportunity to meet with the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, prior to the church service and program. The commemoration took place at the St. Gregory ...

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Raffi Hovannisian Offers New Perspectives on Armenia

Raffi Hovannisian, left, being interviewed by local KMPH26 television before the lecture.

Photo: Alain Ekmalian

Andrew Esguerra Staff Writer Following the 20th anniversary of Armenian independence, which fell on September 21st of last year, a Fresno State audience of more than 200 gave their attention to a truly unique speaker, Raffi Hovannisian. Hovannisian, who visited Fresno on Friday, December 23, offered a look at Armenia from the perspective of a former Foreign Minister of the ...

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